SGBV: There Is Need To Identify Safe Space For Victims – Mrs Tinubu


…Urges FG to increase tempo of awareness

BY TEMI OHAKWE, ABUJA – Founder of CeCe Yara Foundation, a Child Advocacy Center, Mrs Bola Tinubu, has said that the key to ensuring that perpetrators of Sexual and Gender Based Violence are held accountable is the identification of provision of safe space for victims to be able to disclose their abuse.

This is as she urged the Federal Government to as a matter of necessity increase awareness as well as reach out to communities across the country in tackling the menace.

Tinubu, who stated these while speaking with journalists on the increasing cases of sexual abuse in the country, stressed the need to reach out to children who are victims of such abuses.

According to her; “A lot of children suffer sexual abuses every day. They are in millions, we need to reach out and help them, we need to provide them a safe space for them to disclose their abuse and ensure their perpetrators are held accountable”.

She noted that a sexually abused child is a survival who needs to be supported, adding that; “At our child advocacy center, we have a very special service which is called the child forensic service. This allows us to elicit valuable evidential information from children in a sensitive way. We help them get information that is easily corroborated by the police so that we can have valuable evidence that can allow an individual to prosecute successfully”.

She lamented under-reporting and alteration of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases, adding that in Lagos State alone, 70 percent of such cases are abandoned.

She said; “They are abandoned because it is difficult for families to undergo the stress and pressure of community”.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen officially launched the Abuja office of the CeCe Yara Foundation and pledged the federal government’s support to the foundation on establishment of more centers across the country.

Tallen said; “One thing I applaud about Cece Yara Foundation is their ability to provide Psycho social, medical ,legal services to a victim under one roof in a confidential manner”.

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